Declarations & Publications

Next hearing in the criminal trial of those accused of killing lawyer Tahir Elçi – letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Quick Response Desk Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights United Nations Office at Geneva 8-14 Avenue de la Paix CH-1211 Geneva 10 Switzerland E-mail: urgent-action@ohchr.org2 March2021 FOR THE ATTENTION OF:•Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers •Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defendersSpecial Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary…

Convicted Catalan politicians – political solution necessary

Since the 2017 independence referendum there has been a criminalisation of Catalan pro-independence politicians and activists for sedition and related charges resulting in heavy prison sentences. In a politically biased trial Spain’s Supreme Court convicted 12 Catalan high ranking politicians for their roles in a 2017 secession bid. In a landmark ruling, nine politicians have…

LAWYERS’ ASSOCIATIONS DEMAND THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF TURKISH LAWYER OYA ASLAN

To the president of Istanbul 37. Heavy Penal Court No: 2020/247 Düsseldorf, Barcelona, Vienna, Brussels. 11.01.2020 LAWYERS’ ASSOCIATIONS DEMAND THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF TURKISH LAWYER OYA ASLAN We, the undersigned international lawyers’ associations, have for many years condemned the criminal prosecutions and investigations targeted against lawyers in Turkey and internationally for performing the duties of…

Joint Statement: Case concerning the killing of Tahir Elçi and lack of effective investigation into his death

Case concerning the killing of Tahir Elçi and lack of effective investigation into his death The undersigned organisations have been following recent developments in the case involving the prosecution of police officers allegedly involved in the killing of human rights lawyer Tahir Elçi in November 2015. We are concerned that the prosecution, as well as…

Poland, Turkey, … – to leave the Istanbul Convention means to encourage violence against women

https://www.dw.com/en/turkey-laws-against-domestic-abuse-fail-to-protect-women/a-55717911 The Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and domestic violence (the Istanbul Convention), of May 2011, is an important legal instrument for the reduction of violence against women.  Only 34 of the 47 member states of the Council of Europe have ratified the Istanbul Convention. Poland and Turkey were…